Acton Memorial Library
Capt. Frank Whitcomb died at his home here Saturday evening, May 9, after an illness of about two weeks. Capt. Whitcomb was the son of Moses and Martha Cotton Whitcomb, and was born in Boxborough Jan. 7, 1838 on the Whitcomb farm now owned by Emphraim Cobleigh. He married Miss Frances Fuller, a daughter of the late Alden Fuller in 1859, and has resided here since.
During the Civil war he served two enlistments, the first in Co. E Sixth Regiment nine months as orderly sergeant and later as captain of the same company in the 100 day men. He served the town as selectman four years and was a member of the Legislature in 1897-98.
He was a past commander of Isaac Davis post, 138, G.A.R., past grand of Acton lodge, I.O.O.F., and past chief patriarch of Ephron Encampment, also a member of Winona Rebekah lodge.
Possessed of a kindly manner, a genial temperament and a merry disposition it was always a pleasure to meet him in various phases of life, and his presence in this village will be greatly missed. Besides the wife, he leaves one son, Fred S., and two daughters, Hattie M, and Lula, all of whom reside at home. Also two sisters, Mrs. Wallace Handley and Mrs. Carrie Hosmer of Littleton.
Funeral services were held from the Universalist church Tuesday afternoon, May 12, conducted by the pastor Rev. Mr. Rice, Isaac Davis Post, and Acton lodge, I.O.O.F., attended in a body.
The church was filled with relatives and friends, many coming from distant towns and cities to pay a last tribute of respect to one who has filled so many places of honor with honor to himself and his townsmen.
The pass bearers were George C. Wright, A.A. Haynes, Geo. B. Parker, Job. Dupes, O.E. Preston, Fred Hosmer. There was a profusion of floral offerings, among which was a large piece inscribe “Capt. Frank” a tribute from his townsmen. Interment was made in the family lot, Mt. Hope.